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Panthers take baby steps in loss to 'Canes

Panthers take baby steps in loss to 'Canes

If the Panthers are making any progress at all toward a run at the NHL playoffs, they're doing it in tiny, almost imperceptible baby steps.
Take Tuesday's 4-2 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes, for example. Continuing a pattern they have followed all season, the Panthers played well in spurts and awful in others. But if the light is just right, you squint real hard and you look closely, it sometimes appears the good spurts are getting longer than the bad ones. Now if they could just do something about the penalties.
A slashing call against Nathan Horton with one second left in the second period led to a Carolina goal 50 seconds into the third, snapping a 1-1 tie and costing the Panthers another game they couldn't afford to lose.
"We threw away two points," Olli Jokinen said. "I can live with that if they outplay us. But I just had a feeling they weren't that much better."
What proved to be the winning goal came with less than eight minutes to play when Scott Walker split two Panthers defenders to reach the slot, from where he beat Alex Auld with a nifty wrist shot. But the goal that decided the game came 12 minutes earlier, with the Hurricanes skating on a 4-on-3 advantage courtesy of a slashing penalty on Horton with 1 second left in the second.
"You've got to have better discipline," Panthers coach Jacques Martin said of the penalty. "It put us in a hole. I thought we had a pretty good second period. We got our game going ... then we gave them a 4-on-3."
In other NHL action: Chicago 2, Dallas 1; Buffalo 6, Washington 3; Carolina 4, Florida 2; Columbus 5, Boston 4, OT; Atlanta 2, Tampa Bay 1; Toronto 4, Minnesota 3; NY Islanders 2, NY Rangers 0; New Jersey 3, Pittsburgh 0; Nashville 3, St. Louis 2, SO; Vancouver 3, Calgary 1; Los Angeles 4, Phoenix 3, SO.


Updated : 2021-04-15 19:39 GMT+08:00